Afrian Tulip Tree Scientific name Spathodea campanulata Description grows very quickly up to 24m high leaves are broadly oval-shaped which are strongly veined bronze when young and a deep glossy green when mature leaves about 20cm long leaflets leathery leaf stalk 6-15cm long produces large flat clusters of velvety bronze-green buds and large orange-red flowers with yellow frilly edges seed capsules are reddish-brown and up to 20cm in length Habitat often found around gullies and along footpaths Distribution popular ornamental garden tree or street tree in tropical and subtropical parts of Queensland Life cycle flowering occurs at most times of the year and increases during spring reproduces via seeds and suckers Spread capable of spreading from a single planting seeds spread by wind seeds can be spread by water when plants are found along waterways garden waste being dumped in bushland Impacts infests gullies vegetation around waterways and disturbed rainforest Prevention The best form of weed control is prevention. Treat weed infestations when they are small - do not allow weeds to establish. Control Physical control Dig out or hand-pull when the soil is moist. Herbicide control Herbicides are the most effective control method. Biological control Although biological control is being investigated in other countries African tulip tree is not a target for biological control in Australia. Declaration details a declared Class 3 species under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 supply or sale is prohibited landowners are required by law to keep their land free of this pest if in or adjacent to an environmentally significant area.